Melville Times weekend sport review: soccer, hockey, football and rugby union

Melville Times weekend sport review: soccer, hockey, football and rugby union

Melville City Football Club

Melville City hopes to arrest its seven-game winless run when it hosts fifth-placed Olympic Kingsway this weekend.

The northern suburbs outfit narrowly fell to title contenders Balga last week and boasts one of the best defences in the league, placing pressure on strikers Shane Boyle and Simon El Chami to find the net.

Currently eleventh, Melville remains just three wins outside the top half of the ladder and could climb quickly if it can find some form over the second half of the season.

Melville City Hockey Club

Melville City men play bottom-placed Suburban Lions at Lemnos Field in Shenton Park this weekend.

Melville welcome WA Thunderstick representative Tim Geers back into the midfield for his first game in four weeks as it looks to continue its recent run of fine form.

A third consecutive win will give Melville the chance of moving into the top five for the first time this season.

The men will be confident of getting the job done against a Lions team that has lost 12 straight and boasts a far from daunting negative 59-goal difference across those games.

The women also take on the Lions at the same venue but face a tougher task against a team that has found two wins so far this year; the same number as Melville’s girls.

Melville’s wins have come in their past two outings and it looks like its season is back on track after a shaky start.

A win on the weekend will move the sixth-placed women within striking distance of the top four.

Palmyra Rugby Union Club

Palmyra dropped the ball at home against Cottesloe last weekend and must bounce back straight away when it travels to McGillivray Oval to take on University on Saturday.

The Palms are sitting pretty in third on the ladder but remain seven points behind top two sides Nedlands and Wests Scarborough.

If it wants to remain in contention for a home semi-final a Palmyra victory this weekend is a must, and that will require it tidy up its game with ball in hand.

Coach Donny Stevenson will also have dedicated extra time to ironing out kinks in the set piece, especially the lineout where Palmyra struggled to win its own ball last week.

UWA also enters the game off a loss, thumped 34-12 by Kalamunda, and will be desperate to keep in touch with the top four with a win against Pally meaning this game shapes up as a cracker.

Melville Rams Football Club

The Rams will be smarting after enduring a 94-point hiding at the hands of Mt Lawley at Melville Reserve last weekend.

Melville is now firmly planted to the bottom of the ladder and things might get worse before they get better with the Rams this weekend travelling to take on fifth-placed Kingsway.

Kingsway had won three in a row before slipping up against Whitford last Saturday and will target this game to get back on track and strengthen its spot in the top half of the ladder.

Giving Melville hope will be the result the first time these sides met this season – a narrow two-point win to Kingsway – but the Rams will have to bury the spectre of recent games to get across the line.